While they don’t have the same status as Disney films, Sony Pictures Animation has actually had some solid titles under their belt, most recently Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Though big-budget animated films are usually targeted toward kids, it looks like Sony is going to make a change thanks to COVID-19.
Apparently, the pandemic has opened Sony Animation up to the idea of making more R-Rated animated movies. Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson tells the Collision (via Deadline) from Home Virtual conference:
“I don’t think you’re going to see more family animated movies because that’s very saturated… There will be more R-rated animated movies.”
Though animation can continue, we shouldn’t expect the studio to go fully virtual in the future. Belson explains, “There’s just something different when you’re all in a room together… you can’t hear laughter as well.”
While some could see this step in animation to be a hollow promise, Belson has actually confirmed that there are already some more adult-oriented animated materials in the works. She continues, “There are a couple we’re working on and we’re really excited about releasing our first one. I think you’re going to see PG-13 animated movies, which is something you haven’t seen before. Harder action-adventure sort of stuff.”
We don’t really know what titles Sony has in mind, but it’s going to be interesting to see what kind of adult-oriented animated films they could come up with. If anything, we already have an abundance of adult cartoons like Rick and Morty and Family guy; it wouldn’t be so weird if we finally got a big-budget animated film that isn’t geared toward kids.
For now, Sony’s next animated movie, Connected, is set to come out Oct. 23.